Religion Book Reviews (page 176)

PAUL by A.N. Wilson
Released: April 1, 1997

In a worthy companion volume to his Jesus: A Life (1992), novelist-biographer Wilson (A Watch in the Night, 1996, etc.) adeptly recreates the milieu of Christianity's greatest interpreter and missionary. Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 1997

"These seem far more focused on diurnal family and economic issues than on the almost mythic third millennium, whose contours are still less clearly discernible than Kingwell thinks."
A quick, entertaining, often flippant guide to the zeitgeist. Read full book review >

Released: March 19, 1997

"But he's not convincing in the idea that a Judaism in which everyone can have it any which way they want is a Judaism that will have lasting power in the century to come. (Author tour; TV/radio satellite tour)"
Now that Dershowitz, the noted Harvard Law School professor and celebrity defense attorney, has told American Jews what wusses they are (Chutzpah, 1991), he sets out to tell them how to ensure their community's survival into the 21st century. Read full book review >
BLUE WINDOWS by Barbara Wilson
Released: March 17, 1997

This sensitive, eloquent coming-of-age story articulates the often painful intersections of religion, power, illness, and death. Read full book review >
Released: March 12, 1997

"But most impressive is Fink's commitment to finding the true meaning of Jewish prayer and practice."
There is a saying that it's hard to be a Jew. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1997

"Shorto's rather breathless approach offers a simplified, and thus inadequate, portrait of the nature and history of the movement he is trying to legitimize."
An enthusiastic but overly sensationalized synthesis of ``historical Jesus'' scholarship. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1997

"Still, like his earlier works, this is an impressive achievement. (illustrations, not seen)"
A plunge into the complex realities of a watershed period in European history, in the company of the remarkable Platter family. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1997

"The engaging, often ingratiating, recollections of a free- spirited agent and advocate who has learned a lot from his varied experiences close to the seats of power. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The exuberant, worldly-wise autobiography of a Washington/Wall Street insider who thrived despite the hard blows life has dealt him on more than one occasion. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1997

"Somewhat self-absorbed (in keeping with much of the New Age movement) but a fun introduction to a wacky world. (Author tour)"
A light, entertaining journey through the varied genres of New Age spirituality. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 1997

"This very fine study of intellectual, cultural, and ethnic history deserves broad exposure."
A very well researched and nuanced study of postwar Poland's efforts, first to deny, then to begin to deal with the complex reality of the Holocaust and particularly the fact that Auschwitz and all the other major death camps were located on Polish soil. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 1997

"Alhadeff tackles complex relationships with humor and wisdom; listening to her reminiscences is an entertaining, frequently surprising, and moving experience."
A lyrical and literary memoir of an unusual Sephardic Jewish family. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 18, 1997

"This position is likely to appall cultural purists, but it will comfort browsers in the great department store of spiritual salves that is the New Age. (Author tour)"
A treatise on ``half-breed'' medicine that partakes of both Anglo and Native American traditions but is at home in neither. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >